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Questions tagged [development-process]

For questions relating to the process of developing software.

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Where do you draw the line between quantity and quality? [duplicate]

My manager has talked with me and says that the quality of my work is excellent, but I need to step up the quantity of how much I crank out. I've only been working for a couple of years, so I still ...
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Best process for product development and maintenance by a small team?

I'm going to be managing projects for a very small (2-5) senior developer team. They develop a subscription based web application. It has been in use for many years so at this point the work ...
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How do you find time to work on Open Source Projects? [closed]

A bit of background: I've got a small open source project that I've started on, a basic framework which provides an object oriented means of generating HTML code (since I don't really like HTML, and I ...
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How to prioritize tasks when you have multiple programming projects running in parallel?

Say you have 5 customers, you develop 2 or 3 different projects for each. Each project has Xi tasks. Each project takes from 2 to 10 man weeks. Given that there are few resources, it is desired to ...
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How do you know when to stop adding features?

Some time ago I wrote a very small python script that periodically checked an xml feed for new entries, and alerted the user to new entries when present. I wrote this for myself, so it was essentially ...
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Would you use UML if it kept stakeholders from requesting changes frequently? [closed]

As much as programmers hate to document their code/system and draw UML (especially, Sequencing, Activity and State machine diagrams) or other diagramming notation, would you agree to do it if it kept ...
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What methods to you use to promote programmer awareness in an API or custom architecture?

If you are developing your own architecture or heavily use anothers vendors API, how do you promote awareness to the programming staff? For example, say you use Infragistics controls for you C# ...
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How to work in localhost properly

I am using MAMP (just and example) to develop web applications without having to constantly upload and download via FTP. I´m sure this is the correct way to test a project but I´m no sure if I´m ...
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GIT branch model for derivative work

I'm planning on using Vincent Driessen's branching model which I found great for my current development. I think Vincent approach is very general to any development project but I'm finding it ...
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Which format is best for the first prototype not on paper? [closed]

Console app (my favorite), quick & sloppy form, MS Paint (for GUI); what works best most of the time for your standard application? why?
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How do you get your product owner more engaged on agile projects?

During iteration retrospectives on agile projects, one of the topics that comes up most often for us is that the product owner is (or product owners are) not available or engaged in the project at a ...
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What hardware/software tools were used to build commercial quality 8-bits games?

I mean, I still have a MSX2 with a Z80 processor and if you look at any Konami's game made for that computer in its time (roughly between '84 and '90) is amazing the high quality code of those games. ...
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Frankly, do you prefer Cowboy coding? [closed]

Most programmers defending methodologies politically correct like Agile, Waterfall, RUP, etc. Some of them follow the methodology but not all of them. Frankly, if you can choose the methodology, you ...
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How should I be keeping track of php script version/changes?

How should I be keeping track of a php script's versions/changes when it pertains to a single script in one file? Should I have a separate changelog, and if so (1) what should it be named, (2) how ...
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What does Software Engineer in Test do? [closed]

Normally unit tests were written by developer who write the code, i.e. Test Driven Development. So what does Software Engineer in Test do?
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Have you tried programming via Collaborative Text Editing? [duplicate]

Lately I've been experimenting with using a collaborative text editor (or plugin such as NppNetNote for Notepad++) for two or more partners to edit source code. I've been met with unexpected success, ...
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How do you ensure your product meets basic usability guidelines? [closed]

There are some really common usability errors in everyday software we used; errors that result from the ways the particular programmer has learned without learning of all the other ways there are. ...
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How do you efficiently keep your tests working as you redesign?

A well-tested codebase has a number of benefits, but testing certain aspects of the system results in a codebase that is resistant to some types of change. An example is testing for specific output--...
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How do you keep your unit tests working when refactoring?

In another question, it was revealed that one of the pains with TDD is keeping the testing suite in sync with the codebase during and after refactoring. Now, I'm a big fan of refactoring. I'm not ...
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What are the disadvantages of test-first programming?

It's all the rage nowadays. "Everyone" recommends it. That in and of itself makes me suspicious. What are some disadvantages you have found when doing test-first (test-driven) development? I'm ...
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Why does it seem so hard for non programmers to understand versioning? [duplicate]

In the past I have worked with designers, BAs and project managers, all who regularly produce project artifacts, yet very really do they understand the concept of versioning. When I try to explain it ...
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What differentiates the exceptional programmers from the really good ones? [closed]

You know who they are. They are the rock stars of programming: They code 10X faster. Their code just works. They not only know their primary language inside and out, but they also know how it works ...
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How do you overcome your own coding biases when handed legacy code? [closed]

As programmers, we often take incredible pride in our skills and hold very strong opinions about what is 'good' code and 'bad' code. At any given point in our careers, we've probably had some legacy ...
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What is the development process like at Google? [closed]

What tools do they use? What processes? What rules do they have regarding code? How do they test their code?
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What “version naming convention” do you use? [closed]

Are different version naming conventions suited to different projects? What do you use and why? Personally, I prefer a build number in hexadecimal (e.g 11BCF), this should be incremented very ...
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How do you share your craft with non programmers?

Sometimes I feel like a musician who can't play live shows. Programming is a pretty cool skill, and a very broad world, but a lot of it happens "off camera"- in your head, in your office, away from ...
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How do you deal with changing requirements? [closed]

In my current job it feels like we have a lot requirement changes. We are an "Agile" shop, so I get that we are supposed to adjust and what not, but sometime the change is large and nothing trivial. ...
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How to respond when you are asked for an estimate?

We, as programmers, are constantly being asked 'How long will it take'? And you know, the situation is almost always like this: The requirements are unclear. Nobody has done an in depth analysis of ...
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What do you do when you feel stuck on a project? [closed]

When I am in a code or design rut, I tend to find a non-dev coworker to discuss the problem with. It forces me to explain the problem in great detail and I'll usually find something I missed in the ...
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Are there areas where TDD provides a high ROI and other areas where the ROI is so low that it is not worth following? [closed]

Test driven development. I get it, like it. But writing tests does require overhead. So should TDD be used universally throughout the code base, or are there areas where TDD provides a high ROI and ...
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Getting non-programmers to understand the development process

When starting a project for a company that's not primarily a programming company, one of the expectations is that there's a finished product at the end free of all bugs and does everything needed ...
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Should Development / Testing / QA / Staging environments be similar?

After much time and effort, we're finally using maven to manage our application lifecycle for development. We still unfortunately use ANT to build an EAR before deploying to Test / QA / Staging. ...
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What can I do to get better at estimating how long projects are going to take? [duplicate]

I don't want to make life hard for management. I really don't. They're nice enough guys, but every time I am assigned a new project or task and get asked "how long do you think it will take to do ...
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How do you create a software process for a project?

As I've written about in other questions here, the project that I'm working on now has no software process. That means no documentation (including hard copy requirements or specification), no source ...